Yair Rodriguez vs Brian Ortega Prediction UFC Picks 2/24

Yair Rodriguez vs Brian Ortega Prediction UFC Picks 2/24

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UFC Fight Night: Moreno vs. Royval 2 - Yair Rodriguez vs Brian Ortega Preview and Prediction

Get ready for an intense matchup as Yair "El Pantera" Rodriguez faces off against Brian "T-City" Ortega at UFC Fight Night: Moreno vs. Royval 2, set to happen at the Mexico City Arena on February 24th. Following their previous encounter where Ortega suffered a loss due to a shoulder dislocation, anticipation is high for this rematch. Let's dive into their profiles, recent performances, and a final prediction.

 

Yair Rodriguez - Valle Flow Striking

  • Height/Weight: 5' 11", 146 lbs
  • Record: 16-4-0 (6 TKO, 4 SUB)
  • Team: Valle Flow Striking
  • Nickname: El Pantera
  • Stance: Orthodox

Strengths:

Yair Rodriguez, also known as "El Pantera," is a dynamic striker with knockout power in his arsenal. With notable wins over opponents like Chan Sung Jung and Frankie Edgar, Rodriguez has showcased his ability to finish fights in spectacular fashion. His unorthodox style and precise striking make him a formidable opponent in the featherweight division.

Weaknesses:

Despite his striking prowess, Rodriguez may face challenges against opponents with strong grappling skills. In his loss to Alexander Volkanovski, Rodriguez struggled to defend against takedowns and control the pace of the fight. Against Ortega, Rodriguez must showcase improved takedown defense to avoid being taken down and neutralized on the ground.

 

Brian Ortega - Huntington Beach Ultimate Training Center

  • Height/Weight: 5' 8", 146 lbs
  • Record: 15-3-0 (3 TKO, 7 SUB)
  • Team: Huntington Beach Ultimate Training Center
  • Nickname: T-City
  • Stance: Switch

Strengths:

Brian Ortega, known as "T-City," is a well-rounded fighter with a dangerous submission game. With victories over top contenders like Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar, Ortega has demonstrated his ability to finish fights both on the feet and on the ground. His resilience and adaptability make him a tough challenge for any opponent.

Weaknesses:

While Ortega possesses solid skills in all areas of MMA, he has shown vulnerability in past fights, particularly against opponents with superior striking abilities. In his loss to Max Holloway, Ortega struggled to defend against a relentless striking barrage, leading to a doctor's stoppage. Against Rodriguez, Ortega must showcase improved striking defense and utilize his grappling to nullify Rodriguez's striking advantage.

 

Prediction:

In this highly anticipated rematch, Brian Ortega holds the advantage with his well-rounded skill set and previous experience against Rodriguez. Despite his previous loss due to injury, Ortega has the opportunity to showcase his improved game and redemption in this fight. Anticipate Ortega to utilize his grappling to neutralize Rodriguez's striking and secure a victory, potentially via submission or a hard-fought decision.

 

Pick: Brian Ortega ML +120

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